Presbyterian Colleges in Kentucky

Kentucky has three colleges which offer a Presbyterian environment for higher education students wishing to pursue a range of degree programs. The basic features of these institutions are summarized here.

Within the state of Kentucky, three colleges offer higher education programs in an environment that is unmistakably related to the Presbyterian church and faith in general. One is located in the north of the state, one in the east and one is central. The main characteristics of these colleges are outlined below.

School Comparison

The following colleges in the state of Kentucky provide a Presbyterian-related university environment in which students can work towards a higher education qualification.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*
Centre College 4-year, private not-for-profit Danville $41,700 (undergraduate)
University of Pikeville 4-year, private not-for-profit Pikeville, KY $20,950 (undergraduate)
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 4-year, private not-for-profit Louisville, KY $11,788 (graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Schools

The three Presbyterian affiliated colleges introduced in the table above, as a whole, offer students wishing to study in Kentucky a range of degree programs in variety of subject areas. Budding scientists, teachers, artists, and prospective clergy are all presented with appropriate educational pathways by these Kentucky-based institutions.

Centre College

Founded in 1819, Centre College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and offers a range of bachelor's degree programs (more than 50 majors, minors, pre-professional and dual-degree). The student body numbers 1,450 (all undergraduate), there are 129 faculty members, and the average class size is 18, according to the school's website. The school also reports that the student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 10:1, and 90% of students receive some form of financial aid for their studies.

University of Pikeville

The University of Pikeville was founded 1889 by Presbyterians and offers a range of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and science programs. The university is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and had a student population of 2,336 in 2017, of which 1,560 are undergraduates, according to the NCES. The school has a diverse student body, as students come from 42 states and 24 countries, according to the school. Pikeville students can experience small class sizes and personalized attention, as the school reports a student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1.

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Established originally in Danville in 1853, the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) is one of ten seminaries in the US Presbyterian Church and offers a specialized selection of theological master's and doctoral programs. LPTS has a student population of 152 (all graduate students), of which 25% are from an ethnic minority background (per the school website). All master's students receive financial aid through grants and scholarships, many of which are issued through the Seminary's Covenant of the Future initiative. LPTS has 2,200 active alums, with 69% of these in active ministry.


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